Faculty of Music

Gloria Gassi

Lecturer - Soprano
Ensemble Director - St. Cecilia Singers
Office: MB 545
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x84346
Email: ggassi@uwo.ca

Lyric soprano, Gloria Gassi has been described as “vocally outstanding, with an empathy for the spirit of the song, (Messiah, Handel), dramatically captivating, with beautiful tone and a prowess for ringing high notes.” (Fiordiligi, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte) “a sensitive performer with respect to the profound meaning of the text” (New Prioress, Madame Lidoine, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites).

Representative Oratorio performances in Canada and abroad include Bach's St. John Passion, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Brahms' Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Handel’s Saul, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Haydn’s Missa Brevis, Honegger's King David, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Purcell’s Ode to St. Cecilia, Schubert’s Mass in G, Rutter’s Magnificat, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G and Serenade to Spring.

With a passion for both performing and teaching, Ms. Gassi maintains a vibrant, thriving studio, where the natural gift of each unique voice is honoured and developed, by building a strong foundational technique and sensitive artistry.  Her students, from both Toronto and London, have won national awards, attained university degrees in Voice Performance and Education, and are working professionally in opera, choral singing and conducting, theatre, television and radio.

Ms. Gassi sang as soloist and in ensemble with the acclaimed Elmer Iseler Singers, “Canada's esteemed professional choir of twenty voices, known for the unique beauty of their sound” performing in Canada, U.S.A., Germany and the Orient.  A seasoned conductor at all levels of education, her choirs, notably the Cardinal Carter Academy Singers of Toronto (TCDSB), have sung internationally and been described as having “a warm, resonant tone with precise intonation and artistic musical expression.”

A frequent guest clinician, she has adjudicated both Voice and Choral festivals in Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Alberta.  As Associate Teacher with OISE, UT and York University from 1990–2003, she has effectively mentored and supervised teacher candidates in music education.

Ms. Gassi holds a Master of Music with Honours in Voice Performance and Literature, (Western University) a Licentiate and Associateship in Voice Performance, Gold Medal, and an ARCT in piano. She is the recipient of several awards, notably the Sir Ernest MacMillan award for conducting, (Mendelssohn Foundation) and Western University Students’ Council Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Ms. Gassi is appointed to the Department of Performance Studies, where she teaches Voice and conducts the St. Cecilia Singers. She is a member of NATS, ACTRA, ACDA, ACCC, the Voice Care Network and is Southwestern Regional Chair (Choirs Ontario). In addition, Ms. Gassi is Director of Liturgical music at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica (London).